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Message from Jack Simington, National Trustee of Washington State Lodge regarding Lakewood Police Sergeant Mark Renninger

Brothers and Sisters,

The body of slain Lakewood Police Sergeant Mark Renninger was flown to Pennsylvania on Wednesday where he is to be buried in his hometown of Bethlem. Mark was escorted by two Lakewoood Police Officer’s returning him to his family in Pennsylvania.

I wanted to share with you the pride I felt when I saw this picture taken by Phildelphia Police Officer Ken Lee with a cell phone camera as he exited the plane. I met my FOP brother, Sergeant Ken Lee, at my hotel in Seattle while attending the funeral this week in Tacoma along with 3 other Philly 5 brothers. Ken was on the same plane along with the other members from the Phildalphia Police Department.

If you look at the photo below, you will see what should bring tears to your eyes as it has mine.

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Brother Koch, Philly 5 and all Phildalphia PD and Pensylvania police officers THANK YOU!!

Jack Simington, National Trustee Washington State Lodge

State Rep. Boyle’s Bill Passes and is Signed by Governor

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 — State Rep. Brendan F. Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, announced that Gov. Rendell has signed into law a survivor benefits increase in Pennsylvania for the families of police and emergency service personnel who die in the line of duty.

Under the new law, Act 51 of 2009 – which Boyle proposed as H.B. 1938 in July — the surviving spouse of a paid police officer, firefighter, ambulance service or rescue squad member who dies in the line of duty will receive a monthly benefit. The benefit will be equal to the first responder’s monthly salary at the time of death, and will increase annually based on the Consumer Price Index. If there is no surviving spouse, the benefits would go to any surviving children.

"By passing this new law, we’re trying to make sure the families of fallen officers and emergency personnel know that Pennsylvania is grateful for their loved one’s sacrifice and that we honor their family’s loss," Boyle said. "By making sure survivor benefits are adequate, we can at least make sure families can survive financially while dealing with their incredible loss."

Before Boyle’s proposal became law, the families of police officers, firefighters and emergency personnel killed in the line of duty were entitled to survivor benefits that amount to just a portion of their full salary. Boyle said the benefits increase he proposed was designed to allow families of fallen first responders to maintain the same standard of living and quality of life they experienced before their loved one died in the line of duty.

Boyle introduced H.B. 1938 in July and it was approved by the House Finance Committee on Aug. 19. On Oct. 8, the House passed S.B. 369 – the Senate version of Boyle’s bill – and sent it to be signed into law.

Thank You From a Member

September 3, 2009

Mr.John J. McNesby
President
Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #5
1336 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Dear John,

Let me take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the support given me by the Lodge in the recent primary election. As you are aware and I hope most of our brothers and sisters are aware, I was successful in my campaign winning both the Democratic and Republican Primaries for Judge of the Municipal Court. Because of my success in the recent primary elections I have been appointed to fulfill an unexpired term for the remainder of the year.

I was given my oath of office July 7, 2009, which was chosen specifically because it was the eleventh anniversary of my retirement from the Philadelphia Police Department. My oath of office was given to me by another member of our Lodge Mr. Justice McCaffery, who like me has sons that are members of the Philadelphia Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police. I am proud and happy to follow in the path of Mr. Justice McCaffery and Judge Joel Johnson and be the third member of the Philadelphia Police Department and our lodge to ascend to the bench.

I will be eternally grateful for all support the Lodge has given me and look forward to the future in the service of the citizens of the City of Philadelphia.

Fraternally yours,

Joseph C. Waters, Jr.
Member Fraternal Order of Police and
Judge of the Municipal Court

CC: The Honorable Seamus McCaffery
Justice, Supreme Court of PA

Congratulations to the Prospective Office Holders Endorsed by Lodge 5 who were Elected on November 3, 2009

The FOP would like to congratulate the following prospective office holders endorsed by Lodge 5 who were elected on November 3, 2009.

Philadelphia District Attorney-Seth Williams
Philadelphia City Controller-Alan Butkovitz (re-elected)
Pennsylvania Superior Court- Sallie Mundy and Paula Ott
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court-Kevin Brobson
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court – Dan Anders, Adam Beloff, Roxanne Covington, Angeles Rocca, Diane Thompson, Donna Woelpper
Philadelphia Municipal Court – Pat Dugan, Joseph C. Waters (Lodge 5 Member)
Philadelphia Traffic Court-Bernice Ann DeAngelis (Retained)

Funeral Arrangements for Active Police Officer Christopher DiPietro

Active Police Officer Chris DiPietro passed away on February 13, 2010 his arrangements are as follows:

Viewing and Mass at the Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, 2328 East Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Viewing: February 25, 2010, 6-9PM

February 26, 2010, 9-11AM

Services: February 26, 2010, 11AM

Interment: Resurrection Cemetery, 5201 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA

Incident in Courtroom 808 of the Justice Center on 6-28-2010

Incident in Courtroom 808 of the Justice Center on 6-28-2010

Lodge 5 is constantly and consistently trying to protect its members, especially involving courtroom behavior of judges and lawyers. We have been made aware of another incident that occurred in the Criminal Justice Center in the morning of Monday, June 28, 2010 in Courtroom 808 CJC.

A synopsis follows:

Two officers, a Sergeant and a Police Officer, came in to the FOP, voicing concern over an incident that happened in Courtroom 808 of the CJC on June 28, 2010.

The Officer stated that he had a prior contact with a female attorney, Rania Maria Major-Trunfio, who called him a “crooked cop” in open court.

This morning (morning of 6-28-2010), when the Officer  was checking into Courtroom 808, this same attorney was there and she was publicly pointing out the Sergeant, who was in the room and some of the members of the Sergeant’s squad calling them “dirty cops” in front of a roomful of police officers, defendants and witnesses.  Court was not in session at that time; at the time of the verbal assault by Major-Trunfio, the judge had not yet taken the bench.

The Assistant District Attorney in the room admonished the Major-Trunfio for her conduct and requested that she cease the verbal assault on the officers immediately. 

After leaving court, the Officers went to the Bar Association to make a complaint against Major-Trunfio.  They also were advised it would be more appropriate to make a complaint with the Supreme Court Disciplinary Board rather than the Bar Association; in fact they made their complaint to the Philadelphia office of the Disciplinary Board prior to coming to the FOP.

A voice mail message was left for the ADA as a thank you for supporting our officers and coming to their defense. The ADA’s name is known to us but they are not identified here.

The FOP would like all members to be aware of this incident if you are in court with Rania Maria Major-Trunfio.

 

May 2010 DROP Program Rumors

Bob Henon supports retirement plans for Police, Fire and Municipal workers in Philadelphia.

Bob Henon does not support the loopholes in these retirement plans, especially those used by elected officials. He will work to close these loopholes so that those entitled to the plan, because of their years of service, can do so.  

Police, Fire and Municipal employees in Philadelphia work hard for the citizens of Philadelphia. 

These career civil servants deserve at the close of their service to the city a retirement system that is fair and equitable.

We need Bob Henon in Council. This is of the utmost importance to Lodge 5 and its members.

Vote Bob Henon in the 6th Council District.

Congratulations to the Candidates Endorsed by the FOP

Lodge 5 would like to congratulate the candidates endorsed by the FOP who won their elections. Fourteen of the sixteen office seekers prevailed in their races. Good luck as you start to represent your constituents in January.

Please note that Pat Toomey was endorsed by PA State FOP delegates who were gathered at the Biennial Conference held in Philadelphia in August, 2010.
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Hearing for Appeal Before Federal Court

WESLEY COOK – APPEAL FOR A NEW SENTENCING HEARING

DUE TO A RULING IN MAY OF 2008, THE UNITED STATES THIRD DISTRICT CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS GRANTED WESLEY COOK A NEW SENTENCING HEARING.

THIS HEARING WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH, 2010 AT 2PM IN THE FEDERAL BUILDING’S “CEREMONIAL COURTROOM.”

THE FOP HAS RECEIVED INFORMATION FROM THE FEDERAL MARSHAL THAT THERE WILL BE UP TO 15 SEATS FOR MAUREEN FAULKNER, HER ESCORT AND THE FOP.

IF INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE HEARING CONTACT MYSELF OR MIKE LUTZ 215-629-3622.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE ESTIMATES THAT MORE THAN A THOUSAND PROTESTORS WILL BE AT THE COURT HOUSE IN SUPPORT OF MUMIA. ADDITIONALLY, THERE WILL BE NO PARKING AROUND THE BUILDING, WITH BARRICADES SURROUNDING THE ENTIRE BUILDING. THEY WILL ALLOW SPECTATORS INTO COURT VIA A CATTLE SHOOT SET UP ON A FIRST COME- FIRST SEATED BASIS.


JAMES WHEELER
FOP LODGE #5
215-629-3621

Arbitration Demanded by FOP To Stop Last Out Shift Change

"In our ongoing fight to preclude the department from unilaterally implementing a drastic change to the 3 Platoon schedule, the FOP has filed a demand for arbitration.”

Today, Monday, November 29, 2010, a demand for arbitration was filed with the American Arbitration Association, by the FOP for the announcement by the Department of its intention to modify the work schedules of patrol officers where no agreement between the City and FOP has been reached regarding that proposal.  The FOP requests that any implementation of this proposal cease until this arbitration is completed and furthermore that the proposal be void after arbitration.

Read Demand for Arbitration